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Thursday, 29 September 2022

A Busy Couple of Weeks

    I had to go back to my calendar to remind myself all that has happened recently.


  Last week I was out at meetings followed by lunch on Wednesday and Thursday. This week there was a bus trip on Tuesday to Niagara-on-the-Lake for some shopping therapy, a rather swanky lunch and a theatre show. It was "Damn Yankees" and was an excellent production. The choreography and performers were fantastic. Unfortunately I forgot my camera but took some photos with my phone so will try to upload them.  NOTL is a very scenic town and was thronged with tourists even at this time of the year, many from across the Niagara River in the U.S.

   On Wednesday I had to go for my driving test - it's a group written test (very simple) to make sure we are still fit to drive as we reach the grand old age of (gulp) 80! Today I had to stand in line for an hour to get my driving license validated and I got my vehicle registration renewed at the same time. So that's done for the next two years.

   So a pretty busy week or two as we are still playing tennis a couple of times a week, and Bridge club and my evening dance groups are getting going. Masks are still required for most activities but I have noticed people are a bit more relaxed about wearing them all the time.

   Things should be a little quieter in October although Thanksgiving and Hallowe'en are coming up. Nothing like having a busy schedule to make time fly!

Sunday, 25 September 2022

Changes

    The weather has definitely turned autumnal. We've had rain, off and on, all day today and temperatures didn't get much above the mid 'teens. I brought in the last of my indoor plants that have been summering on my front porch. They have done well and look great for their holiday outdoors!

   I've also pulled up all but one of my tomato plants. They didn't do too well with the extreme heat this summer so no green tomato chutney this year. It's time to start putting the garden to bed but first I must fertilize the lawn and maybe put down some seed to cover the brown spots.

   Most of my winter activities are starting up this week so I have a busy few days ahead. We didn't get on the tennis court this morning because of the rain but we should get a few more games in before the nets come down next month. One year we kept playing into November!

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

End of a Season

    Notwithstanding that Thursday is the first day of Fall, I have my own way of noting the end of summer. It all happened this week.

        The beach towels were washed and put away until next year.


I had my last dip yesterday, the water was chilly but still refreshing after a long hike.



Today the winter cover went on so that's it until Victoria Day next year!



 


Monday, 19 September 2022

By My Bedside

    A new crop of books from the library - some recommended, some I have been awaiting for some time and a few that just serendipitously came to my attention.


   I have almost finished the Anne Perry book, her excellent plotting and machinations about to come to a satisfying conclusion. The Malcolm Gladwell book is for our next Book Club meeting and I'm afraid I am really struggling with it. The Louise Penny came from a friend and has also been left unfinished while others catch my fancy.

 I have been waiting for the Val McDermid book from the library for ages and can't wait to get cracking on it! The others, Amy and Lan and The Seven Sisters are unknown quantities but were recommended and sound like something I would enjoy. It is so great to have sources of good reads!

Saturday, 10 September 2022

Sad and Happy

    Thinking back the other day to Queen Elizabeth's coronation. I was 9 years old and loved the pomp and ceremony. There will be much ceremony around her funeral but of a very different sort, remembering her long and faithful service to the country and Commonwealth.

   On a happier note - it has stayed very warm here and I have been swimming the last two days. I usually don't get in the pool much come September. Maybe this year will be the exception. The closing is booked for September 20 so I still have several more opportunities to get in.

Monday, 5 September 2022

Labour Day

    A holiday here, traditionally the last day before school starts up again after the summer off. This year the teachers are back tomorrow but the kids will have to wait until Wednesday to see their friends and meet their teachers.

    It is also traditionally when my tennis club hosts a round robin and BBQ but it didn't happen the last two years due to lockdowns and restrictions on gatherings. It wasn't a great day weather wise but the rain held off and the temperature was pleasant. There was a great turn out, over 50 people, for the first Labour Day celebration since 2019!

On Wednesday a friend and I will be celebrating NOT having to return to school as we are both retired from teaching. We will toast our still-working colleagues with something alcoholic over lunch at Red Lobster. Photos to follow!

Friday, 2 September 2022

Afternoon Tea

     A lovely time at the Old Curiosity Tea Room this afternoon with my two favourite ladies - Judy and Natalie! We ate until we had no more room and took the rest home. I had prepared by eating only a small breakfast and managed to avoid most of the treats at the tennis social this morning, so was quite hungry.

Situated on Main Street, Markham, it's a picturesque and popular spot.

We each chose a different tea and had our own pot. Mine was a herbal blend, very refreshing!
Trying to look very genteel!

The sandwich stand. There was something for every taste. My favourite was the cheese and Branston Pickle, Natalie's was the egg slice and Judy's was the cucumber and mint (instead of watercress).



And, of course, the dessert stand. Judy's favourite, Empire biscuits as well as shortbread cookies and scones with jam and clotted cream - clotted cream first, then the jam in case you're wondering.

    No dinner tonight although I may have a small snack before bed.


Wednesday, 31 August 2022

Beez Begone!

     Much as I hated to do it, the bees had to go. The team fixing my deck refused to complete the job until I had the bee problem "taken care of". I think I mentioned that one of them was stung while they were working on raising the slabs. 

   So, reluctantly, I called a bee expert to see what could be done. He surmised it was a small colony of bumble bees, not honey bees, which would have been a very different story.  Fortuitously, when he arrived no bees were in sight and he opined (optimistically) that they were all out foraging. So he doused the area with a powder which (he said) would discourage them from returning to the nest. We shall see! I didn't ask about any bees still under the deck. Less said the better. My grandson, the environmentalist, was very annoyed with me for not finding a more bee-friendly method of removing them.

      You can see he's not getting too close just in case.


   A final application to the problem area. I will check for any activity tomorrow and he promised to return to give it another dose if needed.

Saturday, 27 August 2022

Yikes!

    I did a quick grocery run first thing this morning as I needed lunch fixings for expected company. Also a few items I didn't find on my usual trip to the store earlier this week. This is what I got and the bill.



   I did use some PC Points for a $10 reduction so basically the fish fillets were free, but still.......!

Friday, 26 August 2022

Kedgeree

    Does anyone else love Kedgeree? It is one of my comfort foods - easy to prepare, inexpensive (I have had three meals out of one fish fillet and half a cup of rice) and, if heaped with vegetables, pretty healthy! Mine included onions, green peas, tomatoes (every dish has to have a tomato component at the moment) and a small amount of grated cheese. And, of course, a generous sprinkling of curry powder for that exotic East Indian flavour. I had it with a slice of pickled beetroot and was well fed!

   What's your favourite comfort food?

   

Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Deck Looks Like New

    A major repair job but they were done by the afternoon. Just one small glitch which may require more further work (and more money!) but I am happy with how it looks now.

This was before:



Definitely tripping hazards! There were several spots like this.

Now it's smooth all around. 



Unfortunately this one still needs work. They will come back tomorrow.


And, in the process they upset a bee's nest so it is very "buzzy" out there! It was amazing to see how the repairs were accomplished - lots of heavy duty equipment. They also raised the slab abutting the house so that rain water will drain away from the basement. Now I just have to come up with the payment!

Tuesday, 23 August 2022

More Expensive Repairs

    I am just posting today because, if I don't, I have to reply anonymously to other posts!

   We had welcome rain most of yesterday but the grass is still very brown. At least I haven't had to cut it for a while. We played tennis for almost two hours this morning and, although it wasn't extremely hot as it has been for the last month, it was quite humid. I was on the winning side for both sets which was gratifying. 

   Tomorrow the Liftec crew are coming to do some work on my deck which, I believe, has been designated a "tripping hazard"! There will be before and after photos. Then another crew will come and do some caulking. It has been an expensive summer for pool repairs but worth it to maintain the value of my house, I guess!

Friday, 19 August 2022

Last of the Rhubarb

    I picked a few rather heat-depleted stalks of rhubarb yesterday and made some rhubarb chutney. It boiled and bubbled away for an hour or so, steaming up the kitchen and producing a rather pungent aroma from the cider vinegar, but finally it was ready and bottled. Almost two jars from what should have rightfully been consigned to the compost pile! I am rather chuffed as I do love chutney on a lot of things.


     Having said that, I still have some green tomato chutney from last fall so that should be consumed first since there are sure to be an abundance of green tomatoes to pick before the first frost.

   The rain has passed us by again except for 10 minutes of a light sprinkle, not enough to be of any help in the garden. Nothing in the forecast for the next few days either. It has finally been officially designated a "drought" in our area! 

Thursday, 18 August 2022

Giant Sunflowers

     I didn't plant these intentionally, they just appeared by my composter in the Spring. The fence is six feet tall so you can work out how tall they have grown. Still three more to open but I thought I had better capture these three in case they were attacked by an animal (which has happened in the past).


Wednesday, 17 August 2022

The Latest Crop

 This week's pickings of tomatoes - every meal must contain tomatoes or I will be leaving them to rot on the vine. The cherry tomatoes mostly get eaten at lunch and a plum tomato got slipped into tonight's stew. All my  friends have a similar glut and next it will be the zucchinis!

    Still no rain although there were a few spots this afternoon as I was walking home from the Seniors Centre and thunder rumbling around somewhere close by. The grass is mostly brown now and probably won't recover before Fall. One neighbour has a perfectly green lawn and it looks so strange surrounded by swaths of brown! I guess they have an irrigation system. The one thing that is doing well are the (unintentional) sunflowers growing around my composter, they are well over 6 feet tall! I will try for a photo once the flowers have all opened.

Monday, 15 August 2022

Working at the Tennis Tournament

    Recuperating today after a very busy week. We had some really hot days which were extremely exhausting. Most of my shifts were early afternoon to evening so I was really dragging by the time I walked back to the distant parking lot at the end of the day! But I was glad to have the mornings to gather myself and prepare for the day ahead. We had a great party last night which made for a lovely send off and will encourage us to return to volunteer again next year. There were 1200 volunteers at this year's tournament.

This is me at the main gate in my uniform.


The men were playing in Montreal and we could watch it on the big screen TV.
I got assigned the VIP entrance a couple of times - it was much quieter.


My preferred spot!

We didn't get much chance to watch the matches but you can see how full the stadium was for the Final.


It's hard to catch the players in action but this is the Brazilian player serving in the final set.




Most of the big names were here for both the Men's and Women's Singles. Simona Halep won here in Toronto and Pablo Carreno Busta won in Montreal. There were many, many Romanians (and others) cheering on Simona with flags, signs and chants (SI-MO-NA) and the atmosphere was quite electric! I got to watch the last half of the singles match and a doubles match that followed. Two Americans won that. Well, that's it for another year. The men will be playing here in 2023.

Friday, 5 August 2022

Another Catchup

    Two posts in a row - that's a first for me! But I am still having trouble signing in unless I start a new post. I have a few photos to share so that will be it.

Youngest grandson with his new bike that he paid for himself with his earnings as an extra in a movie!


The last of the raspberries - they have been great this year.


Oldest grandson on the front porch barbecuing pork souvlaki for our lunch on Sunday.


Enjoying the pool on a hot afternoon  - grandson swam 2 kms. by his calculation! It was 200 lengths.


A pretty flower from the plant that over winters indoors.


Another one - I didn't think I was going to get any flowers from it this year as it was looking rather bedraggled after being in low light conditions indoors.

   So that's me up-to-date. I will probably be AFK for a few days during the tennis tournament. (away from keyboard)




Thursday, 4 August 2022

Catchup

    I have been very busy for the last few days but with nothing much to blog about, so thought I'd better post something. 

  Tennis is continuing but I am finding 2 hours a bit much on the hot days although we start at 8:00 a.m. I think I may have to cut back to one hour. The pool has been a blessing for cooling off afterwards. The family have been over a couple of times for a swim and Judy usually brings something to barbecue so I have had some delicious meals courtesy of them. Unfortunately today's visit was rained out  but, as the garden was in dire need of a soaking, the rain was quite welcome. The grass is quite brown in spots and the weeds are taking over!

   Next week is the tennis tournament here in Toronto and I will be working as a volunteer at the front gate, another reason to post something before that starts. Most of the top women tennis players will be here so it is quite something to see. It has been two years since the last full tournament as Covid restrictions were in place last year and 2020. It will be great to see all the familiar faces both on and off the court when we open up on Saturday.

    The raspberries are almost over for this year but I have had tons and ate bowls of them for dessert every day for the last two weeks. Now I am inundated with tomatoes! Every meal contains tomatoes in some shape or form but I prefer them straight off the vine, especially the cherry tomatoes. The guy with the truck who sells corn fresh from his farm showed up last week so I have had fresh corn with almost every meal too. Well, the rain has stopped so I'd better get out there and start weeding! Have a great day, everyone.

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Chaos!

    I was going to title this post "Problem NOT Solved" but, miraculously, today I was able to sign in on the first try. Fingers crossed this continues to be the case.

    The chaos in the title didn't occur to me personally but did affect me. It happened at the Senior's Centre where I volunteer in the kitchen on Wednesdays, dispensing tea, coffee and the occasional meat pie. It's usually an easy job and, in fact, I always bring a book to read during quiet spells.

   Today a barbecue was planned and fifty people had bought tickets. When it came time to start cooking the burgers, the outdoor gas BBQ wouldn't at first turn on and then refused to heat up. I think it had been tested beforehand but hadn't actually been used since before the pandemic. So a battalion of cooks descended on the kitchen and proceeded to fry, bake or microwave the burgers while an impatient group of seniors muttered and griped in the background!

    Finally everyone was fed although there were lots of complaints and blame going around but the worst part for me was the state of the kitchen when all was said and done. The clean up crew beat a hasty retreat and I was left with a messy stove and umpteen greasy platters. On the plus side, there was leftover salad which I purloined and will have for dinner tonight! My reward for not complaining about the extra work, I guess.

Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Problem Solved

    I seem to have fixed the vexing problem of not being able to sign in to Blogger. It was something called "HTTPS redirect" that had somehow gotten turned off.  So now I can comment on other blogs and reply on my own blog as myself instead of being anonymous. Yippee!

    Still hot here but overcast with the promise of some rain. I hope it materializes. It's still in the upper 20's but quite comfortable indoors, thank goodness. On Wednesdays I usually walk over to the senior's centre for my fitness class and volunteering in the kitchen, but, today, because of the heat and the threat of a thunder storm (which never did arrive), I took the car. I'm glad I did as I was home by 3:00 p.m. in time for a nap and a swim. I haven't been sleeping well because of the heat ( the upstairs bedrooms are always hotter) and have needed a nap most afternoons.

    I'm hoping that tomorrow I will be able to survive the two hours on the tennis courts and not let my friends down by quitting early. We will start at 8:00 a.m. and drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, 19 July 2022

Trying to Stay Comfortable.

   Extremely hot today - I only managed just over an hour of tennis although we started at 8:00 a.m. I had to bow out at that point and the others stopped then too. Back home for a refreshing swim and, after a well deserved coffee, got out the hose. Lots of flowers blooming in the garden which I have to keep well watered. I have two shades of phlox in the rockery. I stayed indoors until later in the afternoon when I did a bit of weed-pulling. Then I needed another swim!





The bees and butterflies are busy around the echinacea and bee balm. At 7:00 p.m. it is still very hot and humid but at least now we have some cloud cover. It would be nice if it rained!

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

Bounty from the Garden

     Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration but I have been picking kale and rhubarb for the last two weeks and today I got this:


This will be dessert tonight. There are still lots coming.


These are rather tart so I will stew, sweeten and  strain them to get rid of the seeds.


The cherry tomatoes are looking almost ready to pick but I will give them another few days.


This little guy was out munching on the clover the other morning and let me get quite close for a photo before hopping under the raspberry bushes. I think he is pretty well fed in my garden!

Sunday, 10 July 2022

Darned Blogger!

   Just to let all my followers know that I am still unable to sign in to Blogger unless I create a new post, so that is why I am not posting comments on the blogs I follow. I am reading and enjoying your posts and hopefully, will be able to comment eventually!  

Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Cooler, so got out the baking stuff

    I hate to have the oven on when it's hot and humid but today has been relatively cool and fresh so no problems there.

    I have had some puff pastry in the freezer for who knows how long so I dug it and some sausages out when I got home from the senior's centre. The pastry didn't look its best but rolled out OK and the sausage rolls came together nicely. But what to do with the leftover pastry? There wasn't enough for a double crust pie but I managed to line a pie plate with it.

   A quick dash into the garden and a plunder of the rhubarb patch produced enough rhubarb for a crostini (at least, I think that's what it's called). It's basically an open topped pie with the fruit dumped in the middle and the sides partially wrapped around it. A few dabs of jam on top and a final brush with a beaten egg and it was ready for the oven.




   They turned out not too badly and, with a salad, made a satisfying meal. Amazing what you can conjure up from the freezer and the garden!

Tuesday, 5 July 2022

Prices

    Early run to the grocery store this morning (tennis was rained out) and I was a bit flummoxed by the sudden increase in prices from last week. I saw a 3 lb. bag of avocados for $9 and eggs were $3.60 a dozen, to name a couple of shocks. I didn't buy the avocados but I did buy the eggs. Butter was also up in price but I did buy it too.

However, on the way home I noticed that gas was $1.87 a litre quite a bit down from the over $2 price a week ago. This is courtesy of our Premier, Doug Ford who promised to reduce the tax on gas if he was re-elected. Glad to see he kept his promise this time! 

Saturday, 2 July 2022

Canada Day

    Yesterday, July 1st., was Canada Day and I had my flag hanging at my front door to celebrate. Shortly after breakfast I headed to my other tennis club to play a round robin until it started raining. Following a BBQ lunch  there were speeches and prizes (I won a can of tennis balls - very welcome) and we all sang "O, Canada" our national anthem.

     I didn't do much in the afternoon and had a light dinner as lunch was pretty hearty. There were fireworks in the evening which I watched on my back deck but one annoying fellow was still setting them off after midnight which was not very neighbourly!

   Today, as it was still quite cool in the morning, I had a long walk before breakfast and have been watching Wimbledon ever since. Things are getting interesting! More of the same tomorrow so it has been a very pleasant long weekend so far.

   

Friday, 1 July 2022

Butter Tarts

      "Sparkling Merlot" asked about butter tarts - I thought they were a thing in most Commonwealth countries. This is all that's left of the half dozen I bought at the Farmer's Market on Wednesday and I'm surprised there are even three left. I have to keep them in the freezer so as to limit myself to one a day!



    They are actually quite easy to make although I have never been able to reproduce the proper pastry. The filling is basically melted butter, brown sugar and eggs but the big controversy is whether to leave them plain or add nuts or raisins. These have pecans although I am partial to raisins too. These just looked the most scrumptious! To make them truly Canadian (it is Canada Day today) you can add maple syrup to the filling. 

   In our part of Ontario you can follow the "Butter Tart Route" where different towns and villages claim to have the best butter tarts around. Now following that tour would be my idea of heaven!

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Strawberry Fields Forever

    Last day to get to the Pick-Your-Own strawberries before school is out so I booked an early slot for this morning. Unfortunately rain was forecast and I was lucky to get half my basket filled before it began to drizzle. I managed to (mostly) fill my basket before it changed to a heavy downpour - I could have squeezed in a few more berries but decided to sprint to the car instead! 

    The farm is quite a ways out of the city and has a market as well so I popped in for a bag of new potatoes and some of their fabulous butter tarts. I stopped off at a coffee shop on the way home and ate one of the tarts with a big cup of decaf. My treat for enduring the damp conditions. Then picked up extra sugar for making jam.



    The berries were quite big and juicy but I was disappointed that the basket was smaller than last year - and cost more! I will just make one batch of jam, strawberry rhubarb this year - I still have several jars from last summer - and eat the rest. A strawberry rhubarb crumble is on my list of ways to use them up.

     I got quite soaked running a few more errands on the way home (trying to conserve fuel by doing everything in one trip) but once I was dried off and changed into dry clothes I got cracking on the jam making. Here's the result.


   I was surprised how many jars I managed to fill - and had some surplus. I may not have boiled it for long enough so it will remain to be seen whether it sets properly.

   Now everything is cleaned up and the kitchen is back to rights so I can relax knowing I am well supplied with jam for the coming year!

Friday, 24 June 2022

Out To Lunch

     I went to the tennis social at my other courts this morning but didn't play, just ran the Round Robin for a while. The reason for that was that Cathy had invited us over for lunch and I was in charge of salad!

   Too bad I didn't take a photo of it as it was rather yummy if I do say so myself. Romaine lettuce, red pepper and avocado slices, olives and bacon bits with some homemade dressing involving lots of garlic and grated parmesan cheese. Of course that was just the side dish as Cathy had barbecued burgers with all the fixings, Kathy had made her speciality, devilled eggs, and Susan had baked scones which she served with home made jam and clotted cream. There was also Prosecco and, for afters, Lemoncello liqueur! I needed a nap when I finally rolled home.

    Another two swims day - the water was lovely and refreshing at 77F and I am gradually increasing the lengths to see if I can get some serious exercise. We are headed for some more heat this weekend then it cools off a bit on Monday but at least the nights are cool enough to get a good sleep. I have seen people blog about opening all the windows during the day to try to stay comfortable. Here the windows are all open wide overnight then closed up first thing in the morning. At least that's how I handle the heat. The A/C doesn't usually click on until late in the afternoon.

   Only a light snack for dinner tonight - my stomach needs a rest too!


Thursday, 23 June 2022

One Less Worry

    Electrician has come and gone so the A/C wiring is sorted (until the next time!). He was very punctual and done in just over an hour so didn't disrupt my day too much. It continues to be very hot but we had an early tennis slot again today which meant we were more alive than dead when we finished at 10:00 a.m.

   I had a swim when I got home from tennis and another after cutting the back grass later in the afternoon. Still not sitting outside as the back deck is scorching now that I don't have the shade of the Spruce tree. Will have to think of some way to generate some shade. The umbrella over the patio table only creates a bit of shade and the awning only stretches so far.

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Someone Turn Down the Heat

    Another scorcher today - went up to 32F today, felt like 42F - and I have been hiding inside until the sun goes down when I will attempt a bit of gardening.

   I got my finger splint changed today to a removable one and was in the pool the minute I got home from the hospital. What bliss! At least I can cool off in comfort now. Supposed to cool down a bit overnight and be more comfortable tomorrow.

   P.S. Forgot my water bottle during the 10 minute walk to and from the hospital from the parking lot, and arrived home rather dehydrated. The only fountain I could find in the hospital was out of order!

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Surprise Visitors

    A nice surprise this morning, the male and female Mallard ducks were back when I looked out early this morning. They hung around for a while (just hope they are not nesting in my back yard), perched on the fence to groom their feathers, then flew off. Quite a treat to see them.



   It was another scorcher today but we had decided to play tennis at 8:00 a.m. By the time we stopped at 10:00 it was getting quite steamy so we were glad to quit and head for somewhere cool, in my case a quick dip in the pool!

Monday, 20 June 2022

What Next?

    What was to be a quiet uneventful day today, turned out to be anything but. My Bridge game today (and next week's too) was cancelled so all I had planned was to do my early morning workout, make some phone calls and walk down to the post office to check the mail box. This is the one maintained by the Retired Teachers group I belong to and is for membership cheques which are starting to arrive.

   After my workout I remembered that yesterday I had noticed one of the front tires on my car looked a little low so I went out to check it. Holey Moley - it was right down on the rim. No way could I drive with it like that! So that was my first phone call, to Roadside Assistance which, fortunately, covered the cost of towing it to the garage.

   While waiting for the car to go, I got back on the phone and made an appointment for the electrician to come and sort out the wiring to my thermostat. He's coming on Thursday. Next I phoned and paid my car insurance with my credit card and by that time it was lunch. After my nap I had a stroll to the drug store to check my blood pressure (surprisingly low, considering) and pick up the mail then relaxed in the garden.

   The rest of the afternoon was a little bit more peaceful except for a call from the garage to say the tire needed to be replaced and they recommended replacing the other front tire at the same time. This made sense so I agreed but then there needed to be re-alignment. Rather a large (and totally unexpected) bill by the time it was all totaled up. Hopefully there will be no more expenses associated with the car for a while.

   The car was ready around 5:30 and an Uber driver arrived to shuttle me to the garage (at no cost, and rightly so since I was faced with a sizeable bill). I stopped in at the liquor store on the way home to stock up on my favourite summer cooler as we are expecting another heat wave tomorrow.

   After I got home I saw there was an email message from the credit card company to say I had exceeded my credit limit and must make a payment "toute suite". So my bank balance is considerably depleted - a fitting end to a not so great day!

Friday, 17 June 2022

Change in the Weather

     Beautifully cool this evening compared to yesterday. I actually did some baking this afternoon (wearing my trusty rubber glove) so finally have something in the freezer to nibble on. I've had the windows open since the sun went behind the houses to the west and it has  brought the temperature right down. The high today was only 26C.

   Tennis this morning and I survived longer again, so all good. It was extremely windy (and continued all day, just now finally calming down a bit) which made tennis tricky. However, we all had to cope with the ball flying out of the court or sideways. The trick was to keep the ball low and still get it over the net!

Thursday, 16 June 2022

"Please hold while I transfer you"

    Not much progress on the A/C repair front. I was on the phone for over an hour today with several long waits on hold but, by the end of the conversation, it was decided I will not have to pay for the electrician. However, no date for him to call yet.

    It is extremely hot today (still 31C at 7:30 p.m.) so I am glad of the temporary fix to the A/C. I have stayed indoors most of the day except for an early morning game of tennis - I had to quit after an hour because of the heat - and half an hour gardening in the shade. Not cooling off much overnight and more of the same tomorrow. I did get in the pool for a while after tennis, just to immerse myself, and immediately felt refreshed.

   We had a very violent storm this afternoon with lots of heavy rain and high winds. It didn't last very long and no damage as far as I can see but it didn't cool things off much. As you can imagine, the humidity is sky high so not very comfortable. I hope I can sleep tonight!

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Heating Up!

     First dip in the pool today as I was hot and sweaty when I got home from tennis. I wasn't able to swim as I had to keep my hand suspended out of the water but did get fully immersed. I held on to the ladder and floated a bit while paddling my legs. So refreshing!

  Tennis was fine and I played for nearly an hour and a half with only a little discomfort and no blisters. I taped up a couple of fingers and wore my golf glove and that made a huge difference! I will try for two hours on Thursday - of course we have lots of breaks so it's not a constant two hours.

   We are set for some lovely weather this week, sunny, mid 20's and not much humidity. I just wish the whole summer could be like this! My tomato plants are coming on great guns and there are lots of flowers on them. The raspberries also have flowers. I will need to pick some more rhubarb very soon.

I don't know if you can see this but a duck landed in the pool the other day.

I have six tomato plants this year.

Raspberries

Kale. Last year I couldn't find any but this year I shopped early. It's ready to start picking.

Rhubarb I have two healthy plants and one that doesn't produce much.